LyondellBasell Industries NV (NYSE: LYB) is one of 34 publicly-traded companies in the “Commodity Chemicals” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare LyondellBasell Industries NV to related businesses based on the strength of its dividends, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability and institutional ownership.

Dividends

LyondellBasell Industries NV pays an annual dividend of $3.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.6%. LyondellBasell Industries NV pays out 40.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Commodity Chemicals” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.8% and pay out 62.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. LyondellBasell Industries NV has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years. LyondellBasell Industries NV is clearly a better dividend stock than its peers, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Profitability

This table compares LyondellBasell Industries NV and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
LyondellBasell Industries NV 11.40% 60.87% 16.41%
LyondellBasell Industries NV Competitors -29.82% 24.14% 5.29%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

73.8% of LyondellBasell Industries NV shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.0% of shares of all “Commodity Chemicals” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.1% of LyondellBasell Industries NV shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 8.2% of shares of all “Commodity Chemicals” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares LyondellBasell Industries NV and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
LyondellBasell Industries NV $31.95 billion $6.14 billion 11.10
LyondellBasell Industries NV Competitors $4.15 billion $892.82 million 34.36

LyondellBasell Industries NV has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. LyondellBasell Industries NV is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for LyondellBasell Industries NV and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
LyondellBasell Industries NV 1 7 7 0 2.40
LyondellBasell Industries NV Competitors 98 750 1134 32 2.55

LyondellBasell Industries NV presently has a consensus price target of $94.79, suggesting a potential downside of 4.72%. As a group, “Commodity Chemicals” companies have a potential downside of 2.67%. Given LyondellBasell Industries NV’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe LyondellBasell Industries NV has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Volatility & Risk

LyondellBasell Industries NV has a beta of 1.04, suggesting that its share price is 4% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, LyondellBasell Industries NV’s peers have a beta of 1.17, suggesting that their average share price is 17% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

LyondellBasell Industries NV beats its peers on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About LyondellBasell Industries NV

LyondellBasell Industries N.V. is a chemical company. The Company operates in five segments: Olefins and Polyolefins-Americas (O&P-Americas), Olefins and Polyolefins-Europe, Asia, International (O&P-EAI), Intermediates and Derivatives (I&D), Refining and Technology. The O&P-Americas segment produces and markets olefins and co-products, polyethylene and polypropylene. The O&P-EAI segment produces and markets olefins and co-products, polyethylene and polypropylene. The I&D segment produces and markets propylene oxide (PO) and its derivatives, oxyfuels and related products, and intermediate chemicals, such as styrene monomer (SM), acetyls and ethylene oxides. The primary product of the Refining segment is refined products made from sulfur crude oil and other crude oils of various types and sources available on the United States Gulf Coast. The Technology segment develops and licenses chemical and polyolefin process technologies and manufactures and sells polyolefin catalysts.

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